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Josh Max's Outfit
Make It Snappy


Rockabilly meets Broadway on Make It Snappy (SwipeCat), the energetic debut album from Josh Max's Outfit. This quartet has hit upon a truly unique blend of guitar licks and operatic vocals that send adrenaline coursing through your veins and makes for instant entertainment.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Josh Max plays rock-and-roll riffs like nobody's business, while the classically trained Julie James has a set of pipes that rival Beverly Sills, Catherine Popper is also the sexiest gal you'll ever see near a stand-up bass, and has mastered the instrument as well as any of her contemporary male counterparts.

The CD captures all the vibrancy of the band's no-frills, high-octane live show, which has made Josh Max's Outfit a cult favorite in New York. Ten of the 11 tracks on Make It Snappy were penned by Max, the remaining cut being a playful cover of "Cuban Pete," made famous by Desi Arnez. Max's guitar work is reminiscent of Carl Perkins, while his whimsical lyrics mix country sensibility with an urban edge, occasionally crossing into the sentimental. Standouts include the too-short opener "Keep Your Paws Off My Cat," the sultry "Mambo Dolly" and the maraca-shakin' "Diva with a Fever," as well as "Silent Movie," a sweet and tender ballad that captures the simplicity of a time when soda shops and drive-in theaters were a part of daily life. The bonus track, "I Like a Whole Lot of Women," is a live cut from the band's appearance on Peter Bochan's "All Mixed Up" on WBAI-FM and lacks the fuller sound of a stage performance, but still rounds on the album on a high note.

Visit the band online at www.joshmaxsoutfit.com

Leslie Rosenberg



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